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Origins of the Greenwood surname

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What does the name Greenwood mean?

The Greenwood surname is English, and is toponymical. The root of this name hasn't strayed far from the modern usage, and it refers to those who live at or near a green wood. The name is well-known in Yorkshire, and still noted to be most common in that area.

Alternative variations of the name Greenwood

Greenwood, Greenwod, Greenwoode, Grenwood, Grenwod

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Where do most Greenwoods live?

In 1921, most Greenwoods lived in Yorkshire.

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Interesting facts about Greenwoods

How common is your surname?

200th most common surname in the UK

We have 229,000 records for the Greenwood surname. The oldest one dates back to 1069.

Who were Greenwoods most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Greenwood first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Greenwoods

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Greenwoods in 1921
Cotton Weaver




Weaver Cotton




Worsted Weaver


Common Male occupations for Greenwoods in 1921
Cotton Weaver






Weaver Cotton


Coal Miner


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